In the fall of 2012, Hollace created the above painting, entitled “Stay Focused,” for the STAYFOCUSED charitable organization. STAY-FOCUSED offers a unique, transformational learning experience to teens and young adults with spinal cord disabilities. Through a SCUBA certification program, participants gain confidence, develop leadership skills, and become more independent. As the “great equalizer,” these young people are on equal turf with their nondisabled peers when in the water diving. STAY-FOCUSED is also committed to supporting medical research that explores the beneficial aspects of diving on persons with mobility challenges.
Hollace was inspired by this program, and created her painting to support this organization, donating 100 prints to be sold by STAY-FOCUSED to further the organization’s important goals.